Ozawa Steps Up
After weeks of speculation, Japan’s political titan has decided to vie for the DPJ leadership.
Looming Ozawa Decision
Will heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa really stand in the soon-to-come leadership election?
Japan’s preferred choice for PM says the country could slip back into ‘bureaucratic fascism.’
Through Kan’s Fingers
Now, the question looms even larger. Was Kan the right choice to replace Hatoyama?
Not Your Average Election
There’s a lot at stake for all players in Japan’s upcoming mid-term election.
Kan for Japan?
Of all the likely replacements for Hatoyama, it looks like one Naoto Kan stands in the lead.
Deadly Year for Journalists
The Committee to Protect Journalists has just released its report for 2009, and noted last year was the deadliest so far for members of the media, with 71 deaths in cases where the motive has been confirmed.This was largely due to the single attack i
How do you reassure supporters of your beaten electoral opponent, especially if many of them hail from a minority that you have vowed to help reintegrate into society, that their voice will get a sympathetic hearing? Presumably not by having the army
The Road to Normalcy
The defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam last May has breathed new life into the democratic process for once marginalised groups in Tamil politics, says Sergei DeSilva-Ranasinghe. And, as Sri Lankans prepare to head to the polls, he says a new optimism is emerging that their society can be rebuilt.
An Interview with Juan Cole
The Diplomat speaks with leading Afghanistan commentator Juan Cole, author of the Informed Comment blog, about the recent election, the abandoned run-off and the future of US forces in the country.
In June, Austin Mackell was in Iran for The Diplomat to get a sense of modern life inside the Islamic Republic.
Interview with Anwar Ibrahim
The Diplomat’s exclusive interview with Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim.